D. Kacy Cullen, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Dr. Cullen is a Research Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cullen’s research program operates at the intersection of Neurotrauma and Neural Engineering. In the realm of Neurotrauma, the objective of the Cullen Lab is to apply engineering principles to increase our understanding of the causative mechanisms and pathophysiological responses following traumatic injury to the nervous system. Specific attention is given to neural injury biomechanics and mechanisms of acute cellular/tissue damage. In the arena of Neural Engineering, the objective is to develop neurotechnology to mitigate trauma-induced deficits and/or augment the body’s capacity for regeneration. Here focus is given to neural tissue engineering strategies and the development of enabling technologies for long-term neurobiological-electrical interfaces.
Dr. Cullen received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was then a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Neuroengineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His next training was as an NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center for Brain Injury and Repair in the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Cullen is currently an active member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Neurotrauma Society, and the Society for Neuroscience.
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